The intersecting influences of financial volatility, food insecurities and climate change mean that more than ever before, public health is a global issue. Public health concerns continue to include social inequality, economic and environmental changes, political challenges, and issues of human rights. The Masters in Public Health course at York offers the chance for students to get a solid grounding in public health through a training in public health history and practice, epidemiology and research methods whilst at the same time training that will enable them to incorporate a wider global vision of public health. The optional modules allow students the choice of focussing on research methodologies, economics, social science in relation to health and global public health and health policy.
The MPH is run with association with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER)
Who is the course for?
The public health training offered at York is suitable for students from a wide variety of disciplines who plan to work either as public health practitioners, to become researchers, to work in governmental or non-governmental organisations, or to go on to study medicine or to pursue PhD studies. It also provides a solid foundation for those planning to take the membership examination of the Faculty of Public Health.
The MPH training involves a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Masters programme (180 credits), with the option to exit from the course with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health after successful completion of the taught modules (120 and 60 credits respectively). The aim of the programme is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to become effective public health professionals in either U.K. or in international settings, including in low- and middle-income countries
The course is modular and provides a range of compulsory and optional modules that will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills by improving their understanding of:
Compulsory modules, (70 credits in total) include:
Optional modules, (50 further credits) can be chosen from the modules below:
The dissertation (60 credits) enables students to do an in-depth piece of work using a systematic review, an extended literature review or an analysis of primary or secondary data in an area of interest to them. The purpose of the dissertation is to facilitate the application of learning from the taught and optional modules and the development of skills for independent research and dissemination.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the Department of Health Sciences was rated equal first in the UK for Health Services Research. Our course management team is made up of a group of experts who not only provide a strategic overview to keep the course relevant, current and challenging but who also actively engage in world class research.
Dr Amanda Mason-Jones (Course Director) is a child and adolescent global public health researcher. She is currently working on projects in Africa and South America relating to adolescent risk and resilience and holds honorary positions at the Adolescent Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch.
Professor Ian Watt’s research interests are in communication in health care, patient safety and evidence based health care. As well as working at the university, Ian also works one day a week in clinical practice as a general practitioner, and is an honorary consultant in public health. In the past he has worked in India and Nepal and was a trustee of an NGO which supported skills transfer projects in South Asia and East Africa.
Dr Kamran Siddiqi's interets lie in improving lung health. He is trained in chest medicine and public health. He has worked in the UK, Latin America and South Asia. He uses evaluative research designs to study tobacco cessation, prevention and harm reduction. He also acts as an advisor on NICE public health guidance committee and a national research committee.
Dr Steven Oliver's research interests are in the aetiology, management and outcome of cancer. He works in collaboration with the Northern and Yorkshire Cancer Registry to deliver their role as national lead for haematological cancers. He is a member of the Centre for Health and Population Sciences (CHAPS) within the Hull York Medical School and also works with colleagues in the Supportive care, Early Diagnosis and Advanced (SEDA) disease research group in Hull on a programme of work on inequalities in cancer care and outcomes and end of life care.
Jerome Wright is a researcher in mental health care in low resource countries and is particularly interested in cross-cultural mental health provision and the interaction between biomedical and traditional understandings. He is currently leading a UK Government Health Partnership Scheme-funded project developing the capacity of village health workers' mental health interventions in Southern Malawi. He was previously the winner of 2008 Oxfam Award for work on HIV/AIDS and mental health in young people in Malawi.
Dr Tracy Lightfoot’s research interests are in cancer epidemiology, particularly haematological malignancy and childhood cancer. She has close links with the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer in France where she holds a Senior Visiting Scientist Award.
Dr Rob Newton is currently on a three-year secondment at the MRC-Uganda Unit for Research on AIDS, based in Entebbe, Uganda. He is currently developing a programme of work on the growing problem of non-communicable diseases (primarily cancer and cardio-vascular disease) in Africa.
A number of NHS Y&H funded places are available for the Masters in Public Health.
Contact Student Information Service on 01904 321321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For information on fees visit graduate course fees.
You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of public health. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we follow the University’s Equal Opportunities policy. The Department of Health Sciences minimum English language requirement is IELTS: 7.0
Dr Ganesh Veerasekar - Masters in Public Health student 2011 - 2012
"I chose this programme specifically because, as a medical graduate, I thought this programme would open up more opportunities for me..."
Faith Alfa - Masters in Public Health student from 2012 - 2013
"I like the fact that you can talk to all of the staff in the Department, both academic and non-academic."
Dr John Snow
Dr John Snow (1813-1858) was born two hundred years ago in York and was admitted to the Royal College of Physicians in 1850 becoming a respected academic physician in Victorian London.
John Snow transformed the management of pain through his work on ether and chloroform – and personally administered chloroform to Queen Victoria during the birth of two of her children. He also transformed public health through his work on cholera and the importance of non-contaminated water supplies to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
To celebrate the bicentenary of York's pioneer of epidemiology and anaesthetics, The Department of Health Sciences is providing a series of lectures and conferences about John Snow’s involvement in the history of two medical disciplines, anaesthesia and Public Health.
A Yorkshire Post Feature - Unsung in his own land, John Snow is a hero who saved countless lives
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